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Five challenges facing Japan

Five challenges facing Japan

TOKYO: The winner of Sunday's (Oct 22) election in Japan faces a daunting in-tray, ranging from North Korean missiles to a rapidly ageing society.

Pesticide poisoning kills 20 farmers in Indian state

Pesticide poisoning kills 20 farmers in Indian state

MUMBAI: Twenty Indian farmers have died and hundreds of others are in hospital after inhaling poisonous pesticides while spraying crops, officials said Monday (Oct 9), highlighting lax safety standards in the country.

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Fire breaks out near passenger jet at Hong Kong airport, 1 injured

Fire breaks out near passenger jet at Hong Kong airport, 1 injured

HONG KONG: A fire broke out on the tarmac of Hong Kong's international airport Monday (Oct 9), with flames and black smoke seen billowing near the belly of an American Airlines plane.

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12 dead, scores missing as boat packed with Rohingya sinks

12 dead, scores missing as boat packed with Rohingya sinks

SHAH PORIR DWIP, Bangladesh: At least 12 Rohingya refugees, most of them children, drowned and scores more were missing on Monday (Oct 9) after their overloaded boat capsized in the latest tragedy to strike those fleeing violence in Myanmar.

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Police release driver after crash near London museums

Police release driver after crash near London museums

LONDON: A man arrested after his car ploughed into pedestrians in London's museum district, injuring 11 people and sparking fears of a terror attack, was released from custody on Sunday (Oct 8), police said.

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Merkel agrees 'refugee cap' in concession to allies

Merkel agrees 'refugee cap' in concession to allies

BERLIN: Two weeks after winning elections with a reduced majority, Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed on Sunday (Oct 8) to limit Germany's refugee intake in a bid to unite her conservative camp ahead of tough coalition talks to form a new government.

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Sixteen people killed in Russia after train collides with bus

Sixteen people killed in Russia after train collides with bus

MOSCOW: Sixteen people were killed on Friday (Oct 6) when a train slammed into a bus that had broken down at a level crossing near Moscow, Russia's investigative committee said in a statement.

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Five children, woman dead in Japan 'arson attack': Reports

Five children, woman dead in Japan 'arson attack': Reports

TOKYO: Five children and a woman died in Japan on Friday (Oct 6) in a fire that was apparently started deliberately by the father of the family.

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Germany's 'James Bond' found guilty of tax evasion

Germany's 'James Bond' found guilty of tax evasion

BERLIN: Germany's former top spy, Werner Mauss, was on Thursday (Oct 5) given a two-year suspended sentence and ordered to donate €200,000 (US$235,000) to charity as he was convicted for tax evasion.

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'Battle of the sexes': Saudi men react to women driving

'Battle of the sexes': Saudi men react to women driving

RIYADH: With many carrots and some sticks, ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia seeks to tackle entrenched male attitudes towards women drivers before millions take the wheel, many for the first time, next June.

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Mishaps disrupt UK PM as she tries to rally party

Mishaps disrupt UK PM as she tries to rally party

MANCHESTER: Prime Minister Theresa May urged her party on Wednesday (Oct 4) to back her to deliver bold change for Britain, but her attempt to move past Brexit splits was marred by a protest, a collapsing set and a coughing fit.

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How did Las Vegas shooter get his arsenal? Easily, and legally

How did Las Vegas shooter get his arsenal? Easily, and legally

How did Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock, who shot and killed 59 people from his 32nd story hotel window, amass an arsenal of firearms?

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French MPs adopt tough anti-terror law

French MPs adopt tough anti-terror law

PARIS: France's lower house of parliament on Tuesday (Oct 3) overwhelmingly approved a new counter-terrorism bill, making permanent several controversial measures in place under a nearly two-year-old state of emergency.

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Police arrest 5 after homemade bomb found in Paris

Police arrest 5 after homemade bomb found in Paris

PARIS: French police arrested five people, including one on a terror watchlist, after discovering a suspected home-made bomb in one of Paris's most exclusive neighbourhoods at the weekend, officials said.

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Four children killed in French housing block blaze

Four children killed in French housing block blaze

STRASBOURG, France: Four children and an adult were killed when a fire engulfed a social housing block in the French city of Mulhouse on Sunday night, authorities said.

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Worst mass shootings in the United States

Worst mass shootings in the United States

WASHINGTON: The preliminary death toll from Sunday's (Oct 1) gun attack at Las Vegas rose past 50, making it the deadliest mass shooting in US history, eclipsing last year's massacre of 49 people at an Orlando night club.

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